Email | Phone: 310-206-8962
Julie Sina formally and officially became UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs in December 2013 after serving in an interim capacity since February of that year, during which, she demonstrated remarkable leadership skills that allowed for a creative and concerted transformation of the entire Alumni program. In partnership with the UCLA Alumni Association Board, Julie has overseen the adoption of a new alumni engagement model that has refocused alumni activity around regional and international work, young alumni involvement, attention to affinity and diversity networks, the continuum from student recruitment to career development and closer ties to alumni efforts in the professional schools and College. Members of the search committee were uniformly impressed with Julie’s dynamic vision for alumni connectivity – both within the campus and with one another. It should come as no surprise that Julie’s long and deep career in Student Affairs and Board leadership prior to her arrival at UCLA evolves naturally into the realm of alumni engagement and Association partnership. Indeed, Julie’s blue and gold spirit and true Bruin values, coupled with her special talent for aligning many moving parts within a common vision made her the standout candidate. Julie served as Chief of Staff supporting the deans and the College prior to joining External Affairs.
In addition to Alumni Affairs, Julie leads the Advancement Services division and serves as C.F.O. for the UCLA Foundation and UCLA Investment Company.
Julie earned her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and in addition to Virginia Tech has served the University of Florida, University of the Pacific, Iowa State and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Email | Phone: 310-825-6978
Kayla is a Southern California native, holding a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Before joining the Parent and Family Programs team at UCLA Kayla worked as an assistant community director at Michigan State University, and more recently as a resident director at Loyola Marymount University, through which she has worked peripherally with the parent and family population.
As a student affairs educator, Kayla strives to empower students with the knowledge and tools necessary to realize their full potential, and believes partnerships with students’ families are imperative to this growth. As such, Kayla has also actively pursued opportunities to work with families directly working as a parent program intern at Johnson and Wales University and researching opportunities to develop parent and family programs at Michigan State University.
Email | Phone: 310-825-3983
Christel Aragon joined UCLA Alumni Travel in 1994 and assumed the position of Director of Travel in 1999. UCLA Alumni Travel offers 50 educational tours serving approximately 1,000 travelers annually. Christel strongly believes in lifelong learning through travel, and is persistently searching for ways to make the offerings more educational, unique and a good fit for UCLA’s alumni, family and friends. UCLA faculty are featured on more than 50 percent of the tour offerings. She is a member of the Educational Travel Community Executive Advisory Council, and is considered a leader in the non-profits for travel industry.
Christel was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and she has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry.
Email | Phone: 310-825-8657
Email | Phone: 310-206-0663
Alyson Beckman plans and executes large-scale campus traditions, such as Spring Sing and Dinners for 12 Strangers, while overseeing the Student Alumni Association (SAA).
Alyson also works with the Inland Empire Bruins Network helping create ways to engage the alumni audience from Riverside to Rancho Cucamonga.
Alyson earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) where she was a student in the college of letters and science honors program. She studied abroad in London, became a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and was an active member of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board, which is UW’s equivalent student group to SAA.
Email | Phone: (310) 206-8968
Joseph Blancas provides administrative and general programmatic support for the Alumni Career Engagement team. Joseph previously worked for UCLA Extension’s department of humanities and sciences as the supervisor of the administrative unit.
Joseph earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender studies from UCLA. During his time at UCLA, he served three years on UCLA’s Spirit Squad; a year as a Yell Crew member and two years as a Cheer Squad member. Joseph also served on the Spirit Squad’s student leadership team, as the Mascot Coordinator, Junior Spirit Squad coach, Special Events Program Assistant and Cheer Squad Captain.
Email | Phone: 310-983-1293
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Anthony Cube is Director of Alumni Marketing and Communications. He is the chief editor for the all-alumni e-newsletter Connect@UCLA, and responsible for student and young alumni marketing in addition to alumni career programs, sponsorships and volunteer opportunity communications.
Prior to joining UCLA, Cube worked for the Josephson Institute of Ethics as an educational programs manager. He was responsible for coordinating and marketing nationwide training seminars for a character education program called CHARACTER COUNTS!
Cube graduated from University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Email | Phone: 310-825-8318
Prior to joining the Alumni Travel team in 2018, Melissa DeGravelles worked at UCLA Extension providing visa counseling to the international students in full-time certificate and English as a second language programs. Melissa has traveled extensively, having been to approximately 50 countries, and, after graduation, she lived in the French countryside for a year teaching English in a public high school. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in international development and a minor in French.
Email | Phone: 310-206-2139
As Executive Director, Natalee Ellars has direct oversight of several Alumni Affairs units including Membership and UCLA Alumni Association board management. Primarily she is responsible for the implementation of strategic priorities. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ellars was the Senior Director of Marketing and Membership overseeing alumni services, social media and communications areas.
Before joining UCLA in 2010, Ellars was vice president for business development and marketing for Young Communications Group, Inc., an advertising agency representing a full spectrum of nonprofit clients. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing for OneUnited Bank, and vice president and segment manager for Union Bank of California. In those positions, Ellars developed social media marketing and online strategies to reach a national audience, directed membership campaigns, envisioned short-term and long-term approaches to increase visibility in major markets, and customized messages, marketing materials and constituent communications to reflect organizational values and increase engagement.
Ellars is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a degree in history and organizational psychology.
Email | Phone: 310-206-0684
As Senior Director of Professional School and Affinity Programs for Alumni Affairs, Cia Ford engages UCLA’s 11 professional schools, nine “legacy” groups (such as Affiliates of UCLA, Gold Shield Alumnae and Prytaneans), and student activity-based groups such as Alumni Band, Daily Bruin, Internships, Residential Life and USAC, among other campus-based entities. She has experience in identifying and developing new alumni groups, recruiting and cultivating volunteer leaders, board development and stewardship, volunteer group management, membership recruitment, cross-campus collaboration and networking, marketing, data management, team building, volunteer leadership development, conflict resolution, communication skills, creative problem solving, and continuing volunteer education.
Ford has worked in Alumni Affairs since 1990 as part of the UCLA Awards and reunions team, and with student alumni programs, campus partnerships, marketing and constituent programs. She began her UCLA career in 1985, working in the Office of Instructional Development Education film library. As part of a team under Andrea Rich, Ford facilitated UCLA’s pedagogical mission obtaining media on behalf of faculty for use in classroom settings.
In 2008, Ford received a UCLA Bachelor of Arts degree in French and francophone studies. She is a Legacy Member of the UCLA Alumni Association.
Email | Phone: 310-794-5189
Estellaleigh Franenberg joined UCLA Alumni Affairs in June 2000 as member services manager specializing in high-level customer service, campus and community relations, and volunteer recruitment. She credits those daily interactions with constituent audiences for invaluable insights into the rich diversity of experience and thought within UCLA. That, combined with a strong background in creative and journalistic writing, informed Franenberg’s work when in 2007 she became a Director of Marketing and Communications, managing the marketing for affinity, professional and regional networks, special projects and campus partnerships.
Promoted to Creative Director in 2014, her title changed to Senior Director of Alumni Marketing & Creative Engagement in 2019. In addition to the aforementioned duties, Franenberg now also supervises the marketing team and collaborates with University Communications and Advancement Services to deploy new business intelligence. She manages the development of integrated and innovative strategies to disseminate event, program and university news to alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and other partners and stakeholders to increase university engagement, participation and philanthropy. Franenberg is also honored to be a certified reader for UCLA Admission.
Franenberg has participated in the UCLA Professional Development Program, True Blue Toastmasters, the Inaugural AMG (Administrative Management Group) ProShare initiative and earned UCLA’s Management Development Certificate. Early in her career she participated in UCLA’s prestigious Management Skills Assessment Program and returned to the program as an assessor to help guide talented managers within the UC system in 2019. She has received numerous merit-based recognitions including an External Affairs Achievement Award for exceptional leadership. In 2019 her original idea for Alumni Day Online, which engaged thousands of Bruins at one time in a specially created website, won the top national and international award in its category from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She is a proud Aztec, having earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from San Diego State University. Franenberg is an equally proud Life Member of the UCLA Alumni Association.
Email | Phone: 310-206-8968
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Gloria Ko serves as the senior director for Alumni Career Engagement leading career initiatives for alumni and students. She and her team aim to engage all alumni in meaningful ways to further and add value to the UCLA degree in the workplace. She currently oversees programs, such as Partnership UCLA /Alumni Career Programs, Alumni Mentor Program, UCLAONE and other career and professional development programming. Her prior experience at UCLA Alumni Affairs includes leading Young Alumni Engagement and the Student Alumni Association.
Gloria serves on the board of directors for the CASE District VII Board. She is also an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and has served on faculties for the Young Alumni and Student Engagement Institute. Gloria graduated in 2006 with a bachelors in communication studies and in 2007 with a M.Ed. in counseling in student affairs.
Email | Phone: 310-206-0532
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After graduating in 2001, Monica Lee returned to UCLA in 2015 as the Director of Regional Networks, supporting Boston, Washington D.C., Southeast Los Angeles, Long Beach Area, San Gabriel Valley, the Rose Bowl Bruins and other emerging networks. She cultivated her event management, marketing, communications and development skills in New York City, Chicago and San Diego, where she worked for Scripps Health Foundation as a campaign coordinator. Lee was also president of the UCLA Alumni San Diego Network, and has served on the boards of the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Network, UCLA Alumni Chicago Network and the UCLA Alumni New York Tri-State Network. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA in psychology with a minor in classical civilization.
Email | Phone: 310-983-1291
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Karen McClain came to Alumni Affairs with more than 27 years of previous experience in accounting and finance. Her strengths include the ability to apply accounting, finance and business information to analyze administrative and financial operations, and skill assessing organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Previously, McClain was a credit union examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Prior to joining NCUA, she held various positions in the credit union industry including controller, vice president of finance and chief executive officer.
A graduate of UCLA, McClain holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Email | Phone: 310-206-4376
Daniela serves as a marketing manager for the alumni marketing and communications department. She provides marketing support for various alumni groups and works closely with in-house clients, assisting with various projects, writing copy and creating general design concepts.
Prior to joining UCLA, Daniela worked in television production for three years, starting as a production assistant and eventually being promoted to associate producer in content licensing. Her experience working in a high-pressure, driven newsroom environment prepared her to master creative content for audiences and work closely with some of the world’s largest celebrity content agencies, cultivating a customer friendly approach for future clients and vendors.
Her active community involvement with the Puente Program at El Camino College serving as a mentor for educationally underserved students and with UC Berkeley’s Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach chapter as communications officer led her to pursue her passion in higher education.
In 2014, she received a bachelor’s degree in media studies with a minor in Chicano/Latino studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Email Phone: 310-825-8736
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Patricia Châu Nguyễn serves as the Senior Director of Diversity Programs. For the past ten years, she has served in multiple roles in multicultural affairs, and diversity and inclusion work in higher education – ranging from intercultural living and learning communities, multicultural Greek life, summer bridge programs, multicultural centers, and social justice education. Most recently, Nguyễn served as the first assistant dean of students and founding director of the Asian and Asian American Center at Cornell University. She has presented at conferences such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and ACPA College Student Educator International. Nguyễn also consults nationally on issues related to interfaith conversations, ethics, meaning-making and intersectionality in practice. She serves as a founding member of Racial Aikido, an affinity-based identity retreat that equips students of color at predominantly white institutions.
Nguyễn received her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and her Bachelor of Science in cellular and developmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nguyễn’s experiences working with college students has fueled a commitment and passion to push institutions of higher education to build capacity towards diversity. She hopes to engage all members of the university, including alumni, to build inclusive campus communities.
Email | Phone: 310-794-3437
Sandy Nguyen graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. Since September 2013, she has served as the Assistant Director for UCLA Young Alumni Engagement, focusing on providing support services, events, outreach and a customized experience for UCLA’s young alumni. Prior to joining the Young Alumni and Student Engagement team, Nguyen worked with the UCLA Parent and Family Programs team as a program coordinator.
Email | Phone: 310-825-3148
As the Assistant Director of Alumni Travel, Suz Park processes and coordinates travel for more than 50 different tours around the world, provides administrative and financial support, and is in the process of developing a young alumni travel program. Previously, she was the travel coordinator with Alumni Travel. In that role Park coordinated bookings and confirmation packets for nearly 1,000 travelers annually. She also managed the Via Tour travel database, evaluations, host and faculty expenditures, and pre-departure meeting logistics. Park has served as a tour director on in-house cultural programs and is familiar with a majority of the tour offerings. Prior to her work with Alumni Travel, she was a teacher with Teach for America, serving in the South Central community of Los Angeles.
Park is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education. As a student, she was a member of the Student Alumni Association for three years and served on the board of directors during her senior year.
Email Phone: 310-487-9915
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As Finance Coordinator, Stephanie provides programmatic support to UCLA’s 11 professional schools, nine “legacy” groups and several student activity based groups. Stephanie came to Alumni Affairs with more than 28 years of university experience providing executive and budget support to several departments on campus. Most recently, she spent 17 years in Government & Community Relations, providing administrative, budget and programmatic support to the assistant vice chancellor.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach.
Email | Phone: 310-825-9661
Christina Ruiz is the Internship Specialist with Partnership UCLA and the Career Center. Her role is designed to enhance collaborative efforts between Partnership UCLA and the Career Center. Ruiz’s role involves working with the UCLA College/Sharpe Fellows Program, which helps connect students with top internship opportunities, and working directly with alumni as employers who are looking to recruit top UCLA talent. Her work advances the internship and experiential needs of all UCLA students and focuses on the top industries of interest to students and Alumni.
Before joining the Alumni Affairs team, Ruiz spent ten years serving in progressive roles within the UCLA Career Center, coordinating recruitment events, leading training for their customer service team, and managing a major revenue program through UCLA’s Letter of Reference and Credentials service.
Ruiz holds a B.A. in psychology from UCLA.
Email | Phone: 310-825-4425
Katie Russo is passionate about helping current students leverage the Bruin network for life after UCLA. In her role, she collaborates with alumni, faculty, staff, employers and community partners to engage them in professional development programs for students to network and prepare for the global workplace. Katie supports collaborative instruction efforts, manages corporate partnerships and coordinates professional development opportunities with various academic departments, like economics and communication. Her professional experience includes working in higher education career services, as a career coach at Colorado State University and as a graduate assistant at the University of San Diego.
Russo holds a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from Sonoma State University and a master’s in higher education leadership from the University of San Diego.
Email | Phone: 310-206-2426
Angela Scales is the Senior Director of Bruin Connections. She leads a team of professionals, students (with the Student Alumni Association) and alumni in the planning and execution of large-scale campus traditions, such as Dinners for 12 Strangers, Spring Sing, and the Beat ’SC Bonfire and Rally. Scales manages smaller monthly events designed specifically for the young alumni audience. As a member of the senior staff, she also participates in strategic planning and leadership development across the organization.
Scales came to Alumni Affairs in 2005 and previously worked with both the Student Relations and Alumni Scholarships teams. Before joining the staff at UCLA, she worked for Laufer Green Isaac, a strategic marketing and communications firm.
A graduate of UCLA, Scales holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
Email | Phone: 310-794-4462
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Danielle Sork serves as a program coordinator for Regional Networks. Sork joined Alumni Affairs in 2013 as a student worker, at the very beginning of her time at UCLA. After graduating in 2017 with a bachelor of arts in African & Middle Eastern studies and a minor in global health, she joined the Alumni Affairs team fulltime. She is not only proud to remain at UCLA but even more proud to remain a member of the Alumni Affairs team.
Email | Phone: 310-983-1292
Email | Phone: 310-206-0483
David Sun is currently the Associate Director of Diversity Programs. Sun’s research and experience in higher education has included many capacities focused on diversity and inclusion, particularly in areas of equity and access for underrepresented students in higher education. Prior to this role, he oversaw a living learning community focused on multiculturalism that examined both identity development and the phenomenon of intersectionality at Cornell University.
Sun received his Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Resources Management from Rutgers University.
Email | Phone: 310-794-6229
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Teresa Valenzuela is director of the UCLA Alumni Association’s social media with more than 23 years of professional experience in student affairs, student services, alumni outreach and communications.
As part of the team, Teresa interacts with alumni, students, parents and friends of UCLA on alumni social media channels through posts, outreach and engagement campaigns.
Teresa’s areas of expertise include outreach and engagement, volunteer management, event coordination, communications, and social and digital media management.
She is a member of the Prytanean Alumnae Association and Gold Shield Alumnae. She is former president of the Latino Staff and Faculty Association and an active volunteer with UCLA Staff Assembly.
Teresa earned her bachelor of arts degree in English literature and Spanish literature at UCLA, a master of arts degree in human development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and received a certificate in print journalism from UCLA Extension
Email | Phone: 310-206-8907
Loren Vevaina supports various alumni networks such as Coachella Valley, Conejo Valley, Downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Texas and Westside Los Angeles, as well as other emerging networks. In her role, she works with alumni leaders around the nation to connect and engage Bruins through a variety of community service, social and networking events.
Prior to joining Alumni Affairs, Loren worked at the UCLA School of Law. She served as president of the UCLA Westside Alumni Network and as a regional partnerships committee member of the UCLA Young Alumni Development Council.
Loren graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a minor in education.
Email | Phone: 310-905-7816
Email | Phone: 310-825-4676
Kristine Werlinich, Senior Director of Regional Networks, Bruin Recruitment and Alumni Scholars Program, is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of UCLA Alumni’s regional programs. Leading the outreach to alumni around the world, she and her team work closely with the regional networks, clubs and chapters to engage alumni in regions from Los Angeles, to New York and Beijing, and everywhere in between.
The regional team works in partnership with the various networks to create activities in their regions that include networking events, panel discussions, game watching parties and hikes, just to name a few. The team is always looking for alumni to help start new networks and groups around the world. Please contact Werlinich if you are interested in getting involved.
Prior to joining UCLA Alumni Affairs in October 2013, Werlinich was the director of alumni relations at the UCLA School of Law for 13 years. While at the law school, she built a robust alumni engagement model by developing a celebrated reunion program, working with career services on a mentor program, and creating regional groups and partnerships between the law school and the campus community.
Werlinich is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in journalism and Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s in public management. She is a past president of Carnegie Mellon’s Los Angeles alumni chapter and a former member of Carnegie Mellon’s alumni board of directors.